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November, 2014

Announcing the 2015 Season and Schedule

Here it is. The 2015 Hideout Mainstage Season.

I am stupidly excited. It was extremely difficult to put together, but oh so worth it.

So, without further delay, here it is:

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Your WaffleFest Pairing Menu has arrived!

This Thursday, November the Twentieth, begins the Thirteenth annual WaffleFest: a festival that highlights both the societal importance of improvisation and all-you-can-eat waffles. For you, fair theater goer, the Hideout has procured the most delightful of improvisational comedy troupes and the most delicious of waffle toppings. Here for you we present our painstakingly chosen pairings of troupes and toppings, each specifically designed to compliment the other. Print this handy guide out to accompany you to the festivities, won’t you?

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Audiences are raving about Nothing and Everything

Get your tickets here!

Nothing and Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays opened this past weekend and the reviews are glowing!

“The play was perfect and the casting was even better

“I had the pleasure to see a preview show last week and it was completely fantastic. If you’re a fan of classic theater, Chekhov plays, or being/feeling alive you need to see it. It’s really remarkable and improvised (improvised!) by some of the smartest performers around.”

“Opening night was sublime. Just fantastic theater.”

“Oh, and in case you’re curious, the show is fucking phenomenal.” 

(That last one was courtesy of Hideout Artistic Director Roy Janik)

The run continues tomorrow night, that’s Saturday November 15 at 8pm and continues Saturdays at 8pm til December 20! You don’t want to miss this! Get your tickets here!

photo by Steve Rogers Photography 


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Three Thoughts on Improvised Chekhov

By cast member Andrew Buck, originally posted at YesAndrew.com

I’m currently rehearsing for a show called Nothing & Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays, which opens in a couple of weekends at The Hideout Theatre. After two months submerging myself in Chekhov’s play and turn-of-the-century Russian history, let’s see if I can extract a few insights. And then let’s see, when the show closes at the end of the year, how much alignment I feel with these ideas …


Joe Schmo doesn’t know who Anton Chekhov is. Of the people who do vaguely recognize the name, I’d guess half think of him as a short story writer, not a playwright. And finally, of the people who are aware that Chekhov wrote plays—five plays total—most think of them as two things: gloomy and Russian.

No doubt, Chekhov’s plays are exceedingly gloomy and hyper Russian.

But gloomy can be funny, especially in a modern American culture where schaundenfreude dominates. Americans love watching sad bastards. Chekhov’s plays are full of Eeyores bemoaning the pointlessness of life with such earnestness it’s irresistible.

When a Chekhov character wails with existential dread, it’s as when a white person complains about a scratch on their Prius—i.e., the rest of roll our eyes. #whitepeopleproblems #chekhovproblems

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